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Interim principal being sought for Newark Memorial

Last week, someone alerted me to a job posting for Newark Memorial High School in which district officials appeared to be looking for an Interim Principal instead of a permanent principal, which had previously been advertised. 

I placed a call to district Human Resources director Tim Erwin last week, but he was on vacation until today. In a phone message this afternoon, Erwin confirms the district is indeed looking for an interim principal for the 2009-2010 school year. He said the district interviewed a few candidates for a permanent position but didn’t like any of them enough to give them the job. Instead, the district has opted to seek a temporary principal for the 2009-2010 year, and then do a more thorough job search in the Spring with the hopes of naming permanent principal in July 2010.

If you recall, former Newark Memorial High principal Connie Spinnato did not give her notice of resignation until June, just a few weeks before the end of the school year. Ideally, a job search would have begun far before that, officials have said in the past.

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Newark Unified School District seeking an interim high school principal

Big thanks to a caller who pointed out that the Newark Unified School District has posted a job listing for an Interim principal position at Newark Memorial High School. The district had been seeking a principal since June when then-principal Connie Spinnato left her post after just one year. The district held a special board meeting last week — to presumably present a candidate for the position — but nothing of significance took place. The next day, the aforementioned job listing was posted.

Both Superintendent Kevin Harrigan and Human Resources Director Tim Erwin are on vacation this week, so we’ll have to wait until Monday at the earliest to find out why the district is now searching for an interim principal. Officials have said in the past that starting a job search in June for such an important position is not ideal. In other words, they would have preferred to solicit applications earlier in the school year because most people have their plans for the next year pretty well mapped out by June.

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Pieces of the Tri-City area on eBay

Who would have thought that the yearbook you bought in high school and had all your friends sign with snazzy phrases like “K.I.T” and “stay cool” would possibly command a premium on the open market. Granted there is a market for anything, especially yearbooks that depict high school images of celeberaties and sports heroes, but typical yearbook? Maybe … Continue Reading